We offer this note only as a public service as we were tempted to ignore the issue altogether . . .
Citizen media and access to the spotlight might be great advancements in tech but they also come with a modicum of danger.
Not all amateur reporters are created equal.
Accordingly . . .
While racism and displays of hatered are deplorable at every level . . . It's also troubling that so many online activists and part-time "journalists" are targeting a youngster and his family.
TKC made this rule long ago . . . We don't talk really want to talk about high school or grade school students.
It's just a preference that's tough to keep on slow news days and given that MSM will often delve into student drama every now and then.
Of course school board issues and education trends are fair game because those issues involve adults and policy decisions that impact families. Sadly, school shootings and deadly circumstances for youngsters also merit community interest.
But as far as "controversy" goes . . . There are enough grown up issues to consider without involving students.
For any blogger or social media influencer reading this . . . Consider excluding students from in-depth coverage in order to serve as a resource rather than a detriment to your community.
That being said and given a great many requests about this story . . . We're only linking the stuff MSM offers because the social media chatter is downright brutal and unfair to youngsters who should be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.
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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -The Olathe School District says it is investigating a racist photo that surfaced on social media Friday evening. The photo includes two students and it says, "If I was black I would be picking cotton, but I'm white so I'm picking you for HOCO?"
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Olathe South High School is investigating a racist incident that was reported Friday. A student posted a photo on social media of asking another student to homecoming with a racist sign. In a letter sent to families, Olathe South said the district was made aware of the "offensive post circulating on social media" earlier Friday evening.